Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) observed its 29th graduation ceremony on October 18, 2023, at its main campus in Nkozi. This special occasion also marked the university’s 30th anniversary, bringing together a large gathering of well-wishers.
The day began with a morning mass for the graduating students, presided over by Bishop Raphael p’Mony Wokorac, with the presence of His Grace Archbishop Paul Ssemwogerere.
During the ceremony, 1,673 students from 9 faculties across 7 campuses and two schools received their degrees. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Patrick Kyamanywa, officiated the event, and the Chief Guest, Honorable Nobert Mao, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, encouraged the graduates.
Honorable Mao emphasized the importance of cultivating independent thinking and taking care of one’s physical well-being. He stated, “The brain must not be like a sponge that soaks up everything but like a sieve that separates what is not relevant and retains what is needed.”
Additionally, he urged the graduates to treasure their personal stories and hold onto their dreams without hesitation, saying, “Hold on to your past stories, but above all, hold on to your dreams. Don’t doubt what you have.”
This graduation ceremony was significant as it saw the first graduates from the Law School. The Vice Chancellor, along with clergy and Honorable Norbert Mao, inaugurated the new Faculty of Law block.
In his speech, Professor Patrick Kyamanywa expressed the need for unwavering commitment, passion, and readiness to take action in the upcoming chapter of UMU after three decades of existence. He highlighted the university’s success in nurturing well-rounded graduates who exhibit creative thinking and continue to make a global impact.